New BMW M2 scooped: 2022's hero Two is a junior M4

Published: 07 January 2022

► New 2022 BMW M2 revealed
► 3.0-litre turbo six, rear-drive
► On sale September from £60k

BMW’s second-generation M2 ticks so many boxes for BMW fans: a hint of the classic 2002’s simplicity, a straight-six engine, rear-wheel drive... You can see it as a pumped-up version of the new M240i, or a junior M4. Both are very good things.

It shares its chassis with the M240i xDrive, which is in essence a downscaled 4-series coupe. The extended wheelbase improves stability compared to the previous 2-series, while 20-inch wheels and M Sport suspension will make a tangible difference to grip and handling.

Expect a vocal quad-tipped exhaust, bulging arches, a more ground-hugging stance than the M240i and a generous rear diffuser. Our artist's impressions, by Andrei Avavarii, are based upon intel from spy photos and sources within M division at Garching outside Munich.

A modern classic: read our BMW M2 review

New BMW M2: rear-drive or xDrive AWD

The M2 will leave the factory in Mexico with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but a Steptronic eight-speed auto will once again be offered. Entry-level cars are rear-wheel drive (and the multi-stage DSC includes the popular drift analyser) but, like the M3 and M4, it’s expected to be available with xDrive all-wheel drive later.

The new 2022 BMW M2 will launch in September

We hear the new M2 matches the 444bhp CS version of the Mk1 M2 for power and torque. At an estimated 1715kg it’s no lightweight, but it is 85kg lighter than the base M4, so its unofficial target 0-62mph time of 3.9sec is right on the money.

Prices are likely to start around £60k. Extra money buys lightweight seats and a smaller suede-wrapped steering wheel. A track pack, bringing carbon-ceramic brakes, is likely to be an extra.

What about a successor to the M2 Competition and CS?

Harder-core BMW M2 derivatives exist in the plan, but insiders don’t expect the Competition much before 2024. If the CS, likely to follow a year later, adopts the 473bhp engine of the least potent M4, it can retain the clutch pedal. But if it plumps for the 503bhp version of the 3.0-litre straight-six, all-wheel drive and the eight-speed self-shifter are a must. 

New BMW M2: spy photos from CAR magazine

BMW M2: spy photos of prototypes on test

Flick through our gallery above for earlier spy photos of the new 2022 BMW M2, as engineers hone its development ahead of launch this autumn. Our papped scoop pictures show the beefed-up coupe covered in camo, but it’s still possible to make out the swollen bodywork and tweaked kidney-grille – now with horizontal slats. 

The front and rear aprons will almost certainly be more aggressive – though that disguise makes it hard to see the exact details. Expect a potent power bump on the bonnet. Inside, expect an interior similar to the new 2-series – with one key change. Our spy shots show a curved infotainment screen, rather than the flat one of the standard car. 

CAR understands there'll be an all-electric version of the M2, called the iM2. You can read more about the iM2 here.

All our BMW spyshots here

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel